Picture of the Week

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Each week, we go through dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of reader-submitted photos and pick the very best to share with you on Thursday mornings. The top photos are featured on AVweb's home page, and one photo that stands above the others is awarded an AVweb baseball cap as our "Picture of the Week."

Want to see your photos featured? Submit them here!

A quick note for submitters: If you've got several photos that you feel are "POTW" material, your best bet is to submit them one-a-week! That gives your photos a greater chance of seeing print on AVweb, and it makes the selection process a little easier on us, too. ;)


Holy cow! AVweb readers overwhelmed us with nearly 200 "Picture of the Week" submissions over the last few days. After looking at the first hundred photos, we've got more stellar shots that we can possibly size and post before press time, so we may end up saving a few of the best for next week. (Unless, of course, you decide to deluge us with photos next week, too which would be a good problem to have!)

There's no time to waste, so let's dive right in!

The Usual Begging: Even though our fingers hurt from all the cropping and resizing, our appetite for pictures knows no bounds! Please keep 'em coming!

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Used with permission of Terry Bock

My Final Career Flight

Terry Bock of Encinitas, California capped off a 29-year career as a commercial pilot on February 10, arriving at Philadelphia's KPHL underneath rainbows and beautiful skies. What a send-off!

Twenty-nine years in aviation and taking top "POTW" honors in an incredibly tough week good show, sir! With any luck, you're reading this on your Blackberry somewhere on the back nine but rest assured, there will be a bright, shiny new AVweb cap in your mailbox very soon.

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copyright J.C. Systems
Used with permission of Jeff Campbell

Surfing the Southern Alps of New Zealand

Despite the hot competition for this week's top spots, we received more than our share of icy photos over the last seven days. (We'll pause while you groan.)

Pressed to pick a single favorite, we had to go with this one from Jeff Campbell of Telluride, Colorado, who went all the way to New Zealand's Mt. Cook for his photo, an airspace Jeff describes as "some of the most challenging soaring conditions in the world."

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copyright Jennifer Thompson
Used with permission

VFR Not Recommended

"POTW" isn't done with challenging weather yet! Jennifer Thompson of Selah, Washington writes:

I'm an FAA NAVCOM technician and finally earned my Private Pilot rating. I got this shot at Mile Post 13, Highway 82, on my way back to the office in Yakima, Washington after performing periodic maintenance on ELN (Ellensburg, WA) VORTAC.

Again: Big thanks to everyone who contributed to this week's frankly amazing selection. To see more pictures (as fast as we can load 'em up), visit our "POTW" slideshow on the AVweb home page.

To enter next week's contest, click here.

A Reminder About Copyrights: Please take a moment to consider the source of your image before submitting to our "Picture of the Week" contest. If you did not take the photo yourself, ask yourself if you are indeed authorized to release publication rights to AVweb. If you're uncertain, consult the POTW Rules or send us an e-mail.